What's On

Friday 4 March, 10am, €5

My Books Are My Friends

with Sarah Keating

In this session Sara Keating , cultural journalist  avid reader and advocate for children’s reading, will talk to librarians and parents/carers about reading and the very young.

Once a  baby can focus on colours and shapes, books become lifelong friends and this session aimed at the grown ups in children’s reading lives, will offer hints and tips for the little beginner, the reluctant and the potential tiny authors among us.  So come along for a session on young children and reading as part of Léamh in association with the Ennis Book Club Festival.

Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back with its unique mix of readings, discussion, debates, comedy and chat in one of Ireland's friendliest towns. 

2016 will be a year for the curious, designed to give our audiences plenty of food for thought.   We take a slightly alternative look at the significance of the centenary year and through the eyes and words of our guest writers, ponder the myriad ways in which ‘revolution’ occurs in all of our lives.  In the broader sense, we ponder questions that past and present revolutionaries evoke.  We consider how far we have travelled, or indeed not travelled, since. 

So lots of lively conversation, reading and friendship is assured this year – alongside some fun with food and music and a very special 10th birthday festival club.

Tickets available from glór box office on 065 6843103 or online at www.glor.ie



  • Books ‘n Buns - a literary quiz over a cuppa
    Rowan Tree Café, 9am – 10.30am, €10/€8
  • Writing from History - Evelyn Conlon & Henrietta McKervey
    Old Ground Hotel, 10am – 11am, €10/€8
  • 10 Books You Should Read
    glór, 11.30am – 1pm, €15/€12
  • Walking tour of Ennis with Seán Spellissy
    glór, 11.30am – 1pm, €8
  • Meet The Happy Pear
    glór, 1.30pm – 3pm, €18
  • From My Life: Doireann Ni Ghriofa and Leanne O’Sullivan with The Vanbrugh Quartet
    Temple Gate Hotel, 2pm – 3pm, €15/€12
  • The Long Gaze Back
    glór, 3.15pm – 4.30pm, €15/€12
  • Oh Father dear - Cormac James, Kevin Maher and Cónal Creedon
    glór (Theatre 2), 4.30pm – 5.30pm, €10/€8
  • Special Guests - Lemn Sissay & Kate Adie in Conversation
    glór, 8pm – 10pm, €25
  • Festival Club with Singer Songwriter Louise McMahon
    Rowan Tree Café, 10.30pm, Free event


  • Sunday Symposium
    glór, 10am – 12.30pm, €15
  • Walking tour of Ennis with Jane O’Brien
    glór, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, €8
  • Filleadh ar an gCathair - Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh le Emer Ní  Fhlaithearta agus Úna Ní Fhlannagáin
    SUAS Café, 12.45pm, €8
  • Isn't it well for ye? - The Irish Mammy Lunch – Colm O’Regan
    Old Ground Hotel, 1.30pm -3pm, €20 (includes hot lunch)

Download/print a copy of the full festival schedule here.

Friday 4 March, 6pm, €22 (opening events' package which includes copies of Penguins Debuts)

Ennis Book Club Festival 2016 Official Opening

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The 10th Ennis Book Club Festival opens with an evening of events at glór to welcome friends old and new.

  • 6pm: Ennis Book Club Festival 10th Birthday Reception and Opening of HOPE
    Join us for the official Opening of the Festival and of HOPE at the glór gallery. HOPE is the result of an open call to Cork, Limerick, and Galway printmakers to respond to the theme of HOPE – selected by Michael Byrne. Music provided by Music Generation Clare.
  • 7pm: Penguin Debuts – Kit de Waal (My Name is Leon) and Vanessa Ronan (The Last Days of Summer)
    Meet two Penguin Debuts — Vanessa Ronan and Kit de Waal. Both are to be published in summer 2016. Ronan’s Last Days of Summer has been recommended by Professor Joseph O’Connor as “a seriously gripping debut from a major talent”.   Kit de Waal’s My Name Is Leon, in turn, has been chosen by The Guardian as one to watch for 2016. Get your hands on a free copy of both novels, exclusively at glór, on Festival opening night.

  • 8pm: Marian Keyes in conversation with Fiona Looney
    We are delighted to welcome Marian Keyes in conversation with Fiona Looney. Marian needs no introduction as a novelist, columnist, and hugely entertaining and insightful panellist. Join us in glór as she and Fiona discuss her insights on life, love, and cake — just in time for the publication of Marian’s new collection of essays Making it Up as I go Along.

Your opening night ticket will also gain you admittance to The Singing Café in the Old Ground Hotel from 10.30pm.
The Singing Café is an award-winning musical extravaganza of popular songs from the work of James Joyce. Devised and performed by Darina Gallagher and Sinéad Murphy, Songs of Joyce, captures the music of Joyce’s Dublin through a theatrical soundscape of parlour song and music hall, to bawdy ballads, sea-song and folksong. Encompassing the cheeky `Seaside Girls', the nostalgic `Love's Old Sweet Song', the pertinent `The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' and the beauty of Michael Balfe's `I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls'.

Saturday 5 March, 11.30am - 1pm, €15/€12

10 Books You Should Read – Diarmaid Ferriter and Catríona Crowe

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Join us for one of the highlights of the weekend, designed to whet the appetite of even the most reluctant reader. Historian and Professor of Modern Irish History, Diarmaid Ferriter, will be joined by Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, Catríona Crowe, to share with us insights into their favourite books. We’ve asked them not to limit themselves, so expect some surprises from two voracious readers!

Saturday 5 March, 1.30pm - 3pm, €18

The Happy Pear – brothers David and Stephen Flynn

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

The Happy Pear twins, Stephen and David Flynn, take to the stage for food-recipe demos, stories, laughs and some tastings of delicious Happy Pear food. They will prepare recipes from their bestselling book, The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first 10 years, while sharing with you their journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Saturday 5 March, 3.15pm - 4.30pm, €15/€12

The Long Gaze Back– Sinéad Gleeson with Christine Dwyer Hickey, Lisa McInerney & Siobhán Mannion

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Join Sinéad Gleeson, broadcaster and journalist, as she explores the literary gem that is the short story. Sinéad is editor of the recently published, critically acclaimed, Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ winner The Long Gaze Back. Joining Sinéad are three contributors to the anthology: Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Lives of Women, was published in April 2015; Lisa McInerney, whose debut novel, The Glorious Heresies was published in 2015 (shortlisted for an Irish Book Award) and Siobhán Mannion, recipient of the Hennessy Award and a radio producer. They will read from and discuss their stories from the anthology.

Saturday 5 March, 4.30pm - 5.30pm in glór's Theatre 2, €10/€8

Oh Father dear - Kevin Maher, Cormac James and Cónal Creedon

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Fathers feature strongly in literature from Atticus Finch (Harper Lee) to Michael Moran (Amongst Women) and with Mother’s Day falling on Sunday 6th March, we thought that it would be interesting to take a look at fathers in literature. We have invited three authors in whose work fathers feature prominently to join us. Cormac James (Track and Field and The Surfacing), Kevin Maher (The Fields and Last Night on Earth) and Cónal Creedon (Fathers and Sons, Passion Play, Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, The Mortal Deed Of Michael O’Leary) will be reading from their work and discussing the fathers within.

Saturday 5 March, 8pm, €25

In Conversation- Lemn Sissay followed by Kate Adie, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

For our Saturday night mainstage event, we welcome two very different guests, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay.

First up is Lemn Sissay who will perform and discuss his work as a poet, playwright, and human rights’ activist. Lemn was recently named Chancellor at the University of Manchester, beating off stiff competition from none other than Peter Mandelson.

We are also delighted to welcome Kate Adie, bestselling author and broadcaster, and BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, a role she was promoted to following her coverage of the killings in Tiananmen Square. Kate will discuss her life and work as one of the first British women to send dispatches from danger zones around the world.

Sunday 6 March, 10am - 11am, €15

Sunday Symposium

as part of Ennis Book Club Festival 2016

Our Sunday morning symposium will look slightly different this year with two great events planned to inspire and provoke.

  • 10.00 am: Reflections on the Centenary - Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
    We’ve invited Professor Diarmuid Ferriter to reflect on the centenary year and to offer some insights into A Nation and Not a Rabble, The Irish Revolution 1013 to 1923 which was recently shortlisted for the Bord  Gais Irish Book Award.
  • 11.00 am:  Coffee break
  • 11.15 am:  Do It Like a Woman with Catríona Crowe in the company of Caroline Criado-Perez, Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
    We reflect on the ways in which people are revolutionary now and in particular the leading role that women have played in the role of women as universal and ongoing struggle for equality.   Reflecting on the kind of social change that we have experienced in Ireland in the past 30 years, affecting all of us, men and women, it is obvious that this social change has been more often than not championed by women.  As it happens the title happens to be the title of Caroline Criado Perez’s book – she joins us as a panellist as does Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.  Chaired by Catriona Crowe, the session will consider the myriad ways in which people are revolutionary by focusing in particular on the stories of women the world over.